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Poster: killer_09 Date: Feb 7, 2008 8:44am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Copyright search reports

i upped a few of these, any more out there?

Sunny (1941)
Superman (1940s)
White Zombie (1932)
The Phantom Of The Opera (1925)
The Lost World (1925)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
The General (1927)
The Arizona Kid (1939)
Jungle Book (1942)
Hop-Along Cassidy (1935)
Gulliver's Travels (1939)
Dick Tracy (1945)
Angel and the Badman (1947)

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Poster: NDArch Date: Feb 7, 2008 11:07am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright search reports

I can't speak for the ones you have listed; however, a person still may have to be a bit careful when using publicdomainmotionpictures.com for movie information. I browsed through that site a few days ago and noticed that Easy Rider is listed as PD. However, I question whether the songs in this movie are such. Seems like at least this one would be similar to It's a Wonderful Life in being restricted due to other content in it.

This post was modified by NDArch on 2008-02-07 18:53:09

This post was modified by NDArch on 2008-02-07 19:07:37

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Poster: killer_09 Date: Feb 7, 2008 1:24pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright search reports

hello, i actually run publicdomainmotionpictures.com and as i note in the faqs that since public domain status is so ill documented that many of the films listed on the site are only up because one prominent source or another claims they are. with the example of easy rider you get over 3,000 hits when searching for "easy rider" "public domain". i have read accounts that this film was not renewed. do i know for sure whether or not it is? no, thats why i'm hoping users will leave comments on individual entries, but the majority of the time no information is set in stone, the copyright search reports are what we have to go by, and i'm doing my best to organize them, foremost on archive.org as well as my own website.

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Poster: chuncha Date: Feb 7, 2008 3:00pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright search reports

Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000757380 / 1997-03-06
Renewal registration for: LP0000036999 / 1969-07-01
Title: Easy rider. By Raybert Productions, Inc.
Copyright Claimant: Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (PWH)

Variant title: Easy rider.
Names: Raybert Productions, Inc.
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

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Poster: killer_09 Date: Feb 7, 2008 4:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright search reports

appreciated

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Poster: jonc Date: Feb 8, 2008 11:36am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright search reports

publicdomainmotionpictures.com is a good initiative. Pretty ambitious though. Are you aware of the Public Domain Movie Database (pdmdb.org)? It's a similar effort that started a few years ago but hasn't been expanded much.

A Google search isn't something to rely on. You'll get a wide variety of results, few with any real authority. Even the Internet Archive has been known to be wrong from time to time. The only reliable source is the US Copyright archive in Washington.

Do you have some familiarity with copyright law? Your FAQ touches on pre-1923 films but not much else. If you want to be recognized as an authority on PD films you should have a working knowledge of the laws regulating it.

Again, good initiative, and nice layout too. I hope this takes off.

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Poster: killer_09 Date: Feb 8, 2008 12:14pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright search reports

yes the site is quite ambitious indeed, so i hope users are clear that films listed on the site have varying degrees of credulity in being public domain. even the US copyright office states on its reports that it is prohibited from saying for certain whether a film is in public domain or not, so regardless on the money spent on such (very expensive sheets of paper) we are only going to be so certain about status.

for films after 1922 i link to external sites which help make distinctions between the methods of which films are believed to be in public domain. as i state i am not an authority, so i link to those who are.

as far as the public movie database is concerned i attempted to contact them but received no reply. they are not regularly updating their website as i try to do multiple times a week. i didnt start the site out of fun or an attempt to fragment the community though, i assure you, merely collect the scattered information and link, to give credit where due.

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Poster: k-otic Date: Feb 8, 2008 3:42am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright search reports

See, i assume that`s one of the reasons why the Internet Archive pulled off a list of public domain movies some moth ago which listed titles of movies that were ok to upload ..

I assume that nobody want to be held responsible if they are wrong

just want to say that you better don`t lean out of the window that much by saying that a certain movie is in the public domain without really knowing it

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Poster: k-otic Date: Feb 7, 2008 12:33pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright search reports

mmhh let`s say someone upload easy rider becouse of this site ?... my guess is that both, the site owner of publicdomainmotionpictures.com and the uploader will have some really serious trouble ... it`s beyond me how one can start such site without really checking the stuff he/she list there

beside of this ... the internet need such site where poeple can go and check the copyright status of an particular movie

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